Vouette & Sorbee

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Vouette & Sorbee

Like at Jérôme Prèvost’s Le Closerie, Vouette’s almost incidental volume (in Champagne terms) and the singular, uncompromising approach of its vigneron, Bertrand Gautherot, have made it one of France’s most sought out artisan domaines. Aside from the fact that Prévost and Gautherot are close friends, the similarities between the two domaines are myriad. Both work very small Estates in under-appreciated sub-regions of Champagne. At just over 5.5 hectares, Gautherot has the edge on Prévost in terms of volume. Both these growers were mentored and compelled by Anselme Selosse to vinify and bottle their own wines (instead of selling their fruit to the large houses). Both exploit low yields, meticulous vineyard work (Gautherot is famous for having some of the most beautifully maintained vineyards in the Aube) and non-interventionist, Burgundian-inspired cellar-work to craft some of Champagne’s most strikingly original wines of place.

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